I have had this bass for a little over a year - it is Made in Japan, and is honestly one of the best constructed basses I own. Fit and finish is superb, with a very fast neck that I enjoy playing. My issue with it has been the tone - it was just too midrangy - with almost no control with the tone pot - it seemed that the pot was either rolled off all the way or I had a midrange "honk" that I just couldn't dial out. Today I changed the pickup to a SD Quarter Pound and so far I am very satisfied with the results. This seemed to even out the response. I had to lower the pickup quite a bit - too close to the strings and it was pretty boomy. I will bring this bass to our shows this weekend and try it out in a live setting, but after a few hours, I like it. I also plan to change out the rest of the electronics in the near future. (Side note - the OEM pickup was a bit unusual. Two wires connecting the pickups, one blue, one black. Copper tape over the top of the pickup. Plastic bobbins. They seemed kind of cheap to me).